Gathering of the Ohio Faithful
Sept. 24-26, 2021
This event schedule is subject to change.
Friday, Sept. 24, 2021
Lunch: Self-pay lunch at the Tin Goose Diner, located on the property of the Liberty Aviation Museum near Port Clinton, Ohio. This is a fully-restored 1950’s vintage diner with great views of the Erie-Ottawa County Airport while you enjoy menu items all named after aviation-related equipment, terminology or famous personalities. Upon arrival, you’ll be parked inside the airport security fence, within easy walking distance to the diner entrance. Please allow 1.5 hours for lunch.
2:00 p.m. Stand by your cars for a GROUP PHOTO on the tarmac in front of the famous Island Airlines Hangar. We will then spend two hours visiting the two large buildings and surrounding grounds which comprise the museum’s collection.
Liberty Aviation is a working museum featuring a fully operational WWII B-25 Mitchell bomber named “Georgie’s Gal,” a Lake Erie Warbirds’ TBM Avenger, a WWII PT Boat exhibit, an original military uniform collection, plus other aircraft, vehicles and artifacts. Spoiler alert: they have a locally-donated TD in their car collection! The museum also houses the ongoing Island Airline’s restoration of a Ford Tri-Motor.
Drive to South Beach Resort in Marblehead, Ohio, check in and rest. Then dinner together as a club.
After dinner: Hospitality room open. Enjoy light snacks and assorted beverages talking, and playing cards, and interacting with other attendees.
Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021
The hotel will provide a cold continental breakfast as part of your room rate.
9:15 - 10:30 am. Informal morning car show in the hotel parking lot. No judging is involved; just for fun and to talk about the cars.
10:30 am. We will set out on a leisurely drive for the rest of the day, which will also incorporate Saturday lunch. We will visit some of the historic and popular sights in the area, however, being a Smittle-planned event, the drive may also include some tricks (and, treats), as you’d expect.
6:00 pm Our traditional awards banquet, conveniently located adjacent to the hotel. We will have a cash bar from 6-7:30, with a served dinner to follow. More details regarding menu selection and other details will be communicated as arrangements are confirmed with local caterers.
Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021
The hotel will provide a cold continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings as part of your room rate. There will be a board meeting in the hospitality room. We’ll then say our good-byes as folks depart for home. Safety Fast!